Fit For A King: 12 MLK Memorials Around The World

Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 88 yesterday. To commemorate today's national holiday, we've taken a look at how the iconic civil rights leader has inspired architects, artists, and planners to design some of the world's most innovative and inspiring memorials. From the National Mall in Washington D.C. to the forests of northern Israel, memorials to MLK dot the planet, acting as a global testament to the creative human spirit that King championed. Read on for a tour of stirring effigies, abstract urban interventions, and makeshift museums built in his honor. If the shape of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C. seems slightly imposing, it's easy to understand why when you consider its weighty undertones. Architects ROMA Design Group and sculptor Lei Yixin were in fact inspired by the line from King's "I Have a Dream" speech in which the leader declared: "With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope." ROMA worked with the design build team of McKissack and McKissack, an African-American, family-owned architecture firm that traces its roots in design and construction across generations. Indeed, its legacy stretches ...
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